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Welcome to In-Tune

Keeping you in-tune with both local and national music education developments and also up-to-date with the opportunities available from your local music hub.

Message from Peter Lovell, Head of Service

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Dear friends and colleagues,

While we are facing an unprecedent situation across our country, as your local music service, we are here to provide as much support as we can.

Our e-learning package can support schools in the delivery of remote education and schools can use as many of these items as is appropriate to support on-going provision. If there is any interest in gaining access to any of the resources listed below please do get in touch with us as soon as possible on the links provided and we can arrange quick access for you.

Please also keep an eye on our Online resources page as additional resources and ideas will be added to this page on an on-going basis.

All activity from Essex Music Services has ceased, and we will not start activity again until government advice dictates that it is appropriate to do so. To this end, we will stop sending out In-Tune newsletters from this copy, and will only restart those again at the right time.

I wish all colleagues and the wider Essex community the very best in the coming days, and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Please keep each other safe

Peter Lovell

Free Online resources

Essex Music Services is here to support schools through the current challenging circumstances we find ourselves in. We have a range of online cloud-based learning that can support the delivery of remote education, please read on for further details

Charanga - primary age music resource


Already used by over 300 schools, Charanga has Yumu built into the platform.  If you haven’t done so already, click on the Yumu icon at the top of the screen once you’ve logged in. You can then follow the instructions to set Assignments for your students containing your own favourite resources, exercises and pieces, or Charanga’s.

If you need support around accessing Charanga or responding to any of the functionality within it, please send an email to us by clicking  here

O-Generator - primary age music resource


Allows all young people to have access to composing tools, and this software package contains video guidance for students to follow and create their own work. Students work can then be saved to online and accessed remotely by teachers and commented on.

If you need support around accessing O-Generator please send an email to us by clicking here

VIP Studio Sessions - secondary age music resource


VIP Studio Sessions turns any computer into a studio and contains a wealth of video tutorials and guidance for both students and teachers on how to make beats, write and record lyrics and teaches students to mix and produce a finished piece of music.

This software covers a wealth of music styles such as Hip Hop, House, Grime, Dubstep and there are guidance videos to aid beginners to quickly grow in proficiency.

If you need support around accessing VIP Studios please send an email to us by clicking here

Focus on Sound - secondary age music resource


A multi-media lesson system for KS3, GCSE and A level music enabling teachers to set tasks and activities and then have these completed remotely by the student, and this software will provide all the feedback as to how well they completed the set task.

Focus On Sound contains  on-line lessons including listening activities, videos, composing of all styles.

An ideal piece of software for current and potential GCSE and A level students, covering set works for different boards with comprehensive analysis and listening project

If you need support around accessing Focus on Sound please send an email to us by clicking  here

Keep up-to-date with our Online Resources

We are continuing to research other provision that may support schools at this time and so will update this page as we are offering additional support that we can offer to Essex schools, so please come back and review our Online Resource page from time to time.

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